Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance
Clinician researchers have a number of roles, each of which carries specific obligations. There are times when these obligations may be in competition (up to and including conflict) with each other. Using a narrative case study that describes a group of colleagues discussing their clinical department's participation in an industry-sponsored research protocol, we illustrate a number of the obligations faced by clinician researchers, and discuss how competing interests and obligations can lead to ethical problems. The case study is followed by a discussion of the effect of university-industry relations on competing interests and obligations in both clinical research and the role of the university, and a suggested framework that could be used to determine when university involvement in commercial research is ethically acceptable.
Original Publication Citation
Bluhm, R. L., Downie, J., & Nisker, J. (2010). Dr. Cezanne and the art of re(peat)search: Competing interests and obligations in clinical research. Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance, 17(2), 85-95. doi:10.1080/08989621003708451
Bluhm, Robyn L.; Downie, Jocelyn; and Nisker, Jeff, "Dr. Cezanne and the Art of Re(peat)search: Competing Interests and Obligations in Clinical Research" (2010). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 43.